Essential oils have been used for centuries for healing practices. Below are a list (in no particular order) of 10 essential oils you can use to calm your anxiety.
According to the Natural Medicine Journal, "lavender flower and it's extracts have been used, both internally and by olfaction, for centuries as a treatment for anxiety and depression... The relaxing experience of lavender fragrance led to its deliberate, therapeutic use in aromatherapy to relieve mild anxiety. Lavender has been also used internally for mood imbalances such as anxiety, insomnia, and gastrointestinal distress."
How to use: Mix a few drops of lavender in hot water, coffee or tea. Mix a few drops of lavender with a teaspoon of a carrier oil such as coconut oil and pour into your bath. You can also add lavender to a diffuser!
For thousands of years, frankincense has been traded along the Arabian Peninsula and used by several different cultures, primarily in religious ceremonies. Today, it is a key component in a variety of skincare and wellness products. This ancient, diverse essential oil supports full-body wellness by indulging your skin’s health and helping you decompress from the inside out.
Valerian is an herb that has been used since ancient times. It’s thought to contain compounds that promote sleep and calm nerves. It can have a mild sedative effect on the body.
Jatamansi is in the same plant family as valerian. It’s used in ayurvedic medicine to calm the mind and encourage sleep. According to a 2008 studyTrusted Source on mice, Jatamansi may relieve depression by decreasing GABA neurotransmitters and MAO receptors in the brain.
Jasmine oil has a gorgeous floral scent. According to a 2013 study, inhaling jasmine oil can promote a sense of well-being and romance. Unlike some other essential oils used for anxiety, jasmine oil is thought to calm the nervous system without causing sleepiness.
How to use: Inhale jasmine oil directly from the bottle or allow the scent to fill the room through a diffuser
Holy basil, also called tulsi, isn’t the basil you use when making lasagna. But it’s from the same family. It contains eugenol, a compound that gives it a spicy, minty aroma. According to 2014 researchTrusted Source, holy basil is an adaptogenic herb that has shown promise in treating physical and mental stress.
How to use: The eugenol in holy basil has a powerful fragrance, so a little goes a long way. Add a few drops to an aromatherapy diffuser and inhale as the oil is dispersed throughout the room.
According to 2014 studyTrusted Source, using a rose foot bath can reduce anxiety in pregnant women during labor. If you aren't pregnant, you can still use this in a bath or foot bath to reduce anxiety!
How to use: Fill a basin or bath tub with warm water and a few drops or rose essential oil. You can also add rose oil to non-scented moisturizer or shea butter and massage into skin for a beautiful, relaxing scent.
A ton of people know that chamomile tea is good for relaxing and helping you sleep, but not many people know about chamomile essential oil! This essential oil is both relaxing and has an amazing scent and may also help with anxiety.
Bergamot oil comes from bergamot oranges and has an amazing citrus scent. According to a 2015 studyTrusted Source, researchers have found that bergamot helps relieve anxiety and improve mood!
When used topically, bergamot may increase sun sensitivity.
How to use: Place a few drops of bergamot oil and water into a diffuser and inhale the aroma to relieve anxiety!
Vetiver may be less known than other essential oils, but it’s not less effective. Vetiver oil comes from the grassy vetiver plant native to India. It has a sweet, earthy scent and is used as an aphrodisiac.
How to use: Enjoy a relaxing massage with diluted vetiver oil, or add it to a diffuser.
Hope you have fun using essential oils!
To your health and happiness,